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To be devoted to Christ is to put Him above all “people, places, and things”.  The Gathering is committed to stressing a daily life of devotion!
 
Below are past Devotions as they have been presented on this site (simply posted in chronological order, newest at the top of the page):

 

This past Sunday, January 1st, I had the privilege of speaking about Giving Thanks to the Lord as the foundation of the new attitudes and new beginnings that I bring into the New Year 2017.

On Sunday, October 2, 2016 I had the privilege to speak about the gift of God given Faith that needs to be recognized, utilized, and appreciated. God Given Faith allows us to believe in the One whom we cannot see, touch, hear, or smell.  Unlike human faith, God given Faith it is not limited to this three-dimensional world we live in.


On Sunday, October 11, 2015 I had the privilege of speaking about the importance of one on one, face to face, communication with those around us, whether, friend or acquaintance, family or neighbor, coworker or fellow worker for the Kingdom of God.

This past Sunday, October 4 2015, I had the privilege of speaking
our "spiritual DNA" as new creatures in Christ.

This past Sunday, September 13, 2015 I had the privilege of speaking about the tremendous freedom we have as disciples of Jesus in this Country to live out that call to discipleship as freely responsible servants of Christ!


On Sunday, December 1, 2014 I had the privilege of speaking about what it means to be "prepared" for the Second Coming of Christ by taking seriously and responding to His First Coming!


On Sunday, November 24, I had the privilege of speaking about the difference between the living by the "letter of the law" and the "Spirit of the law" and how one "kills and condemns" while the other "uplifts and gives new life" (respectively). Thank you Jesus for bringing us a brand new way to live, where the Spirit works through the commandment: "to love God with all your heart, soul, and mind and to love your neighbor as you hopefully love yourself".

On Sunday, November 17, I had the privilege of addressing the concerns raised by all the "end of the age" talk in all Three Lessons by simply stating that our response as followers of Jesus is to remain faithful in all we say and do to further the Kingdom of God in the here and now of our lives, while being mindful of the "legacy" we will eventually leave behind and what we will take with us into the world of the "resurrected".


On Sunday, November 3, 2013 I had the privilege of speaking about the difference between the worlds' concept of being blessed and Jesus' concept of blessed as He addressed his disciples in the Beatitudes. The blessedness that Jesus talks about is an "internal sense of abundance" compared to the worlds' concept of "external prosperity. As His disciples we are called to develop that internal "blessedness" by allowing the Holy Spirit to work in our heart and mind as it impacts the very soul of our being!

On Sunday, September 1, I had the privilege of speaking about the importance of keeping eyes focused on Jesus, in good times and in bad, but not at the expense of others. We cannot maintain our vertical relationship with God through Christ while ignoring our horizontal relationship with those around us who are also loved by Jesus. Our vertical relationship with God has to always be in a healthy tension with our horizontal relationship with the world, and in so doing we bring the Cross into our daily living.


On Sunday, April 21, I had the privilege of speaking about one's inner voice that controls our "free will" and how that inner voice needs to be lead and guided by the Voice of the Great Shepherd, Christ Himself; for doing so can make all the difference in this world.


This past Sunday I had the privilege to speak about the importance of willingly allowing what God has so graciously made available to each one of us to become the source and reason for the inner change of one's heart, mind, and soul.


On Sunday, March 3, I had the privilege of speaking about a Loving and Gracious God who risked everything by breaking all the natural "rules, formulas, equations" to become one of us in the form of Jesus Christ; and when Jesus started His three year ministry He continued to be a cultural, social,and religious "rule breaker" to help change our perspective on who this Loving and Gracious God really is!


This past Sunday, February 24, I had the privilege to speak about the importance of Studying God's Word for the purpose of Spiritual growth, enlightenment, and discernment, plus the necessary strength, courage, and guidance in fending off the Evil One!


On Sunday, February 10, I had the privilege of speaking about the importance of being faithful in our struggle to let the new nature in Christ that was given to us in baptism, dominate our lives!

On Sunday, February 3, I had the privileg of reminding myself and others that Jesus Christ is the Incarnate Son of God who came into this world because of God's agape love for us; we in turn are called to incarnate that agape love and spread it for Him in all that we say and do, or don't say and do.  God Bless, Pastor D.

I had the privilege of speaking on Sunday, January 13, 2013 about the concept of baptismal redemption and God's call for us to respond to that gracious act of salvation by allowing Him to foster a new creation in each of our lives.

On Sunday, January 6, I had the privilege to speak about a whole new perspective that God brought into this world through the Christ child, His Son Jesus; and how this new perspective is what we as disciples of this Christ child are called to embrace and put into practice!

This past Sunday, December 9, 2012, I had the privilege of speaking about the importance of maintaining the proper motivation for living in a state of "gracious expectation"; that motivation ought to be a "free-willed loving and gracious response to a loving and gracious God." Thank God for John the Baptist who paved the way for us to be able to move away from guilt, fear, and works righteousness as improper motivations!

This past Sunday, December 2, 2012, I had the privilege of speaking about living faithfully as a disciple of Jesus in a state of "gracious expectation"!

This past Sunday, November 18, 2012, I had the privilege of speaking about the Vision and Mission Statements of The Gathering!

On Sunday, November 4, I had the privilege to speak about the importance of "cleaning out" our inner sanctum in order to make room for the ruling presence of God.

On Sunday, October 21, I had the privilege to speak about the importance of being called to live one's life as a free-willed loving and gracious response to a loving and gracious God!

On Sunday, October 7, I had the privilege of speaking about the fantastic way God the Father is able to restore creation to it's original state of "innocence" through his Son, Jesus Christ; and our role as disciples to do what we can to promote the existence of of this "kingdom of innocence" that Jesus introduced through His loving sacrifice.

On Sunday, September 16, I talked about our calling as disciples of Christ to control our tongues and open our ears so that we too can handle the difficult situations we find ourselves in Christ like manner!

This past Sunday, September 9th, I talked about how Jesus created a brand new reality called the "kingdom of God" that is so unusual and different, that even today it continues to challenge us in ways that we find hard to understand and accept. As disciples of Christ it is important for us to take up this challenge so that the "kingdom of God" can continue to be manifested by this loving and gracious God working through our daily words and actions.

On Sunday, September 2, 2012 I talked about how we as disciples of Christ are called to represent God's gracious, constructive, healing, presence in this world (and not the destructive, divisive, painful presence of the Evil one) through whatever we say or don't say with our mouths, do or don't do with our hands, and go or don't go with our feet.

This past Sunday (August 26) I talked about:
How as disciples of Christ we are called to be more concerned about what goes on inside of us; internally observant (introspective) in how we seek to demonstrate our loyalty to God's gracious presence in our lives by utilizing that Divine presence to grow, learn, and develop, into a better understanding of ourselves and how God seeks to work through us!

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